Other Names: none
Distribution: northern Scandinavia and northwest Russia in summer; discontinuously throughout Africa and the Middle East in winter.
Size: 29-32 cm in length with a 61-67 cm wingspan. Adults weigh 121-205 g.
Plumage: Adults are black with white speckles in summer and pale to off-white in winter. and has a white oval on the back only visible in flight. Juveniles are gray-brown with white speckles on the wings and back, and have pale undersides with subtle white bars.
Adults have pink legs while juveniles have black legs. Both have a black bill and black eyes with white eyerings.